DC lightweight Ty Barnett's bid for a nationally-televised upset was thwarted tonight at Texas Station Gambling Hall and Casino in Las Vegas as undefeated Mercito "No Mercy" Gesta of San Diego, CA scored a ninth-round TKO.
Barnett had his moments early on in the bout as he landed good jabs through the first three rounds. By round five, however, Gesta picked up the pace offensively and landed some solid punches with the right hand.
Gesta went into overdrive in the ninth and battered Barnett around the ring, knocking him down twice. The second knockdown looked like a punch that landed after the bell but the punch looked like it started before the bell and Gesta couldn't stop it. Referee Jay Nady stopped the contest at 2:59 of the round.
Barnett is now 20-3-1, 13 KO's. All three of his losses have come by knockout. Gesta is now 26-0-1, 14 KO's.